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message that we’re trying to get across will help the framework of where women are today in our society,” she said. Liu added the women’s movement is not yet finished.

The Pasadena Fire and Police Departments remind the public it is illegal to sell, use or possess fireworks in Pasadena. The City maintains a Zero Tolerance Policy for fireworks. Violators are subject to arrest; impound of vehicles; up to one year in jail and fines up to $50,000. Instead, celebrate the Fourth of July Holiday with family and friends by attending the 88th annual “Americafest,” one of the best family-friendly, professional fireworks shows in Southern California at the beautiful Rose Bowl Stadium. Go to www.rosebowlstadium.com for event and ticket information. Plenty of fun begins outside America’s Stadium at 2 p.m. Gates open at 7 p.m. for Americafest, with live motorcycle stunts; a tribute to our military personnel; Liverpool Legends, the Ultimate Beatles Experience, and Southern California’s largest fireworks show, Pyro Spectaculars ® by Souza. If You See Something, Say Something! Call Pasadena Police at (626) 744-4241 to report illegal fireworks and other suspicious activities. Due to the high potential for fire hazards and injuries, Pasadena police and fire personnel will staff checkpoints around the Rose Bowl Stadium to seize all fireworks and arrest offenders. The Pasadena Fire Department will begin applying PhosChek Tuesday, July 1, 2014 to

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Area outside of Fillmore, CA. Mr. Byars and Mr. Herdman were preparing to set up camp on Friday evening when Mr. Herdman’s dog ran away from the camp. Barefoot and wearing only shorts and a tee shirt, Mr. Herdman pursued the dog, followed by Mr. Byars. A short time later, the two men became separated. Mr. Byars made his way back to the campsite in the dark. When Mr. Herdman had not returned to the camp by

daylight, Mr. Byars began to search for him. Despite his best efforts and after nearly two days of searching, Mr. Byars made his way out of the wilderness through miles of extremely rough terrain and heavy vegetation and reported Mr. Herdman’s disappearance to the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office in Fillmore on Sunday evening. Mike Herdman, 36 years old, is a 7 year veteran of the Arcadia Fire Department.

Senator Liu honors local women for ‘exceptional abilities’ By SHEL SEGAL The winners of the “2014 Women Mean Business” awards were announced on Friday at a luncheon at the Pasadena Hilton Hotel. Honored by state Sen. Carol Liu (D-La Cañada, Flintridge), the women were chosen by having

exceptional abilities have contributed to the economic vitality, diversity, and quality of life of the 25th state Senate District. Liu said she was glad to be honoring this slate of women. “I am very excited for the awardees and I hope that the

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Search continues for missing Arcadia firefighter

Ventura County Sheriff’s Department Search and Rescue Division launched a search and rescue operation by land and air for missing Arcadia Fire Department Firefighter/Paramedic Michael Herdman on Sunday night, June 15, 2014. On Friday, June 13, 2014, Arcadia Firefighter/Paramedics, Mike Herdman and Taylor Byars, became separated while on a weekend camping trip in the Sespe Wilderness

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Little Free Library thrives at Villa Gardens “Take a book. Leave a book” collections are showing up in coffee shops and public spaces all around the globe, and now, at the Villa Gardens retirement community here in Pasadena. They are called Little Free Libraries. In 2009, Todd Bol of Hudson, Wisconsin built a model of a one room schoolhouse as a tribute to his mother, a former school teacher who loved reading. He filled it with books and put it on a post in his front yard. His neighbors and friends loved it. He built several more and gave them away. Each one had a sign that said FREE BOOKS. Then along came Rick Brooks of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, who saw Bol’s do-it-yourself project while they were discussing potential social enterprises. With the goal of matching Andrew Carnegie’s support of 2,509 free public libraries around the

turn of the 19th to 20th century, they undertook an ambitious plan and - this being the 21st century – gave it and registered the name: “Little Free Libraries.” By January of 2014, the total number of registered Little Free Libraries in the world was conservatively estimated to be nearly 15,000, with thousands more being built. In April 2014, Villa Gardens resident Pat Ganje was surfing the Web, happened upon the Little Free Libraries story and shared it immediately with executive director Dmitry Estrin who saw in this a way for Villa Gardens to share duplicates of books in their library. Luis SantaCruz from the Villa Gardens maintenance crew volunteered to design and build a “library”, maintenance coordinator Cindy Barajas and director of resident services Silvia Samuelson all joined Dmitry in getting the project off and running, and

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Pat Ganje agreed to manage it. The Villa Gardens Little Free Library (LFL) is now an official and registered member of this world-wide organization and its name and address show up on the Little Free Library website’s world-wide map. It is placed in an easily accessible and visible site in front of Villa Gardens at 842 E. Villa Street and awaits any and all visitors to take a book, which need not be returned, and to contribute one of their own. More details about the Little Free Library organization with pictures, maps and

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“While we have made great strides, we have a long way to go,” Liu said. One of the honorees, Anne Lansing who oversees the housing program for the homeless in Pasadena, said she was thrilled to be recognized at the luncheon. “I’m really excited and really honored,” she said. “Sometimes particularly when you’re working in the public sector it can feel to a degree somewhat thankless and to be recognized at this level is very nice.” Dixie Noonan, senior advisor to the Shriver Report who gave the keynote address, said she was impressed with who was receiving the awards. “They have picked an amazing lineup of award recipients this year,” Noonan said. “It’s all women making an impact in business in their community. I think we’re going to make sure women get the credit they deserve. Today is a good day to start that.” This year’s honorees included: Outstanding Small Businesswomen: Debra Nielsen (Pasadena) and Yvette-Janine Pardo (Pasadena); Outstanding Junior Businesswomen: Elizabeth Yang (Pasadena);

Outstanding Corporate Women: Robyn Grandy (Pasadena); Outstanding Nonprofit Employee: Florina Flores Schultz (Glendale) and Julie McElrath (Pasadena); Woman in Law Lifetime Achievement Award: Patricia Larrigan (Glendale); Woman in Energy Efficiency: Wendy M. James (Burbank); Woman in Environment Lifetime Achievement: Betty McKenney (Pasadena); Woman in Science: Dr. Sara Kim (Glendale), Dr. Mary Gatter (Pasadena) and Linda Malkas (Duarte); Woman in Technology: Sophia Viklund (Pasadena) Woman in Arts/Entertainment: Keely Milliken (Monrovia) and Maria Akopian (Burbank); Tami Ginsburg Award (Corporate or Small Business Employee of the Year): Joanne Fletcher (Burbank) and America Solis- Bowman (Pasadena); Most Inspirational Award: Anne Lansing (Pasadena); and Outstanding Volunteer: Vicki Oldham (Burbank) (Shel Segal can be reached at ssegal@beaconmedianews.com. He can be followed via Twitter @ segallanded.)


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The Ice House Comedy Club in Pasadena, California has been a favorite for comedians and stand-up aficionados for years. Now, The Ice House was recently recognized as one the Top Five Comedy Clubs in the country by researcher Dr. Peter McGraw and author, Joel Warner, writers of The Humor Code: A Global Search for What Makes Things Funny. With a star-filled roster of past and present performers, including Jimmy Fallon, George Lopez, Jay Leno, Bill Maher, George Carlin, David Letterman, Steve Martin, Bob Newhart, Lily Tomlin, Marc Maron and Dana Carvey, The Ice House Comedy Club has been singled out as one of the "best rooms" in the highly competitive comedy club industry. McGraw and Warner conducted a study from their own travels around the world exploring the science of what makes things funny. In the process, "We stumbled on an important question: What makes a good comedy club?" The researchers noted, "According to many of the comics we interviewed, a 'good room' is one that's dimly lit, densely packed, with hard chairs, low ceilings, a red curtain, and nothing at all that's blue." When interviewed about the honor, Bob Fisher, Ice House owner and CEO, commented, "It feels great to be recognized as one of the top comedy clubs in the country and we send a big thank you to the Humor Code. We strive to support talent and give customers the best comedy shows possible. It's good to know we we're doing something right." The Ice House Comedy Club opened in 1960 as a place for both folk musicians and comedians to perform, and then evolved into featuring only comic acts. It was

established before any of the other comedy clubs in Hollywood or Southern California. Older comedy clubs in New York City have closed but The Ice House legacy continues, giving it the distinction of also being the oldest ongoing comedy club in America and, by default, the world. Established and well-known acts call it home and new talent try their material to break into the business. Due to its longevity and heritage, The Ice House is also a living comedy museum. Memorabilia from comedy

legends like Rodney Dangerfield, David Letterman, Bob Newhart, Johnny Carson and Jack Parr are on its walls. A shoe wall features footwear from Lilly Tomlin, The Smothers Brothers, Phyllis Diller and more. The features that made the Ice House Comedy Club stand out in the research: its "low-lit, intimate showrooms and laid-back atmosphere foster a communal experience between audience members and the performer". Jordan Brady, former comedian and director of 2010's documentary I Am Comic, attributes part of the club's success to its atmosphere. "A great club experience is best served dark and intimate." Of playing The Ice House Jordan says, "Awesome laughs that ricochet around the room and infect the crowd."

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brush areas surrounding the Rose Bowl Stadium. The main ingredients of this annual, preventative application of fire retardant are phosphates and fertilizers that help prevent trees and grasslands from burning and re-vegetate any burned wild land areas. Pasadena’s Fire Chief Calvin E. Wells and Police Chief Phillip Sanchez ask everyone to make safety their top priority this year while responsibly celebrating our Great Nation’s Birthday due to extreme drought conditions and the long holiday weekend. The City offers the following safety reminders: •Pasadena has a “NO Fireworks, Zero Tolerance Policy” for enforcement. •Celebrate responsibility, always designate a driver. •If outdoors in the sun, remember to use sunscreen, wear a brimmed hat and stay hydrated. •Always have someone tending the barbecue and watching the swimming pool when in use. •Call 911 for all life-threatening emergencies. •Call (626) 744-4241 for all other public safety needs. Speak calmly and give accurate information about your location and the reason for calling. •Visit www.CityofPasadena.net/Disaster for emergency preparedness information and to register your telephones to receive Red Flag Alerts or other emergency notifications.

In addition to stadium checkpoints, multiple units of a Fireworks Task Force will patrol Pasadena’s streets to confiscate fireworks and take appropriate enforcement action. Parking enforcement officers will ensure that vehicles illegally parked in Pasadena’s hillside areas on July 4 are impounded. Statistics show fireworks are among the most risky of all consumer products. Even sparklers, which many people consider safe, are very dangerous, reaching 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit, and can cause serious burns or start fires. Nearly 10,000 fireworks-related injuries are treated in U.S. emergency rooms every year and two of five people injured are under 15 years old. Statistics from the National Fire Protection Association show more than 90 percent of all fireworksrelated injuries are caused by so-called “safe and sane” fireworks approved by federal and state law for consumer use. Stay connected to the City of Pasadena! Visit us at www. cityofpasadena.net; follow us on Twitter @PasadenaGov, www.twitter.com/pasadenagov, and like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/cityofpasadena. Or call the Citizen Service Center, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday at (626) 744-7311.

Historic resolution to overturn Citizens United passes Senate Judiciary Committee Mike Gatto's call for action sparks national movement to force Congress to limit corporate personhood When Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) introduced AJR 1 last year, he was the first legislator in the United States to utilize a rare procedure that would require Congress to begin the process of amending the United States Constitution to address the Supreme Court’s decisions in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. More than a year later, AJR 1 took a major step forward, passing the Senate Judiciary Committee by a vote of 5-2. The bill now heads to the Senate floor for a full vote of the Chamber. If approved, it will be transmitted directly to President Obama and Congress. In the process, Gatto has sparked a national movement that has already seen Vermont pass a resolution modeled on Gatto’s, and Illinois has proposed a similar resolution that is currently making its way through the legislative process. “Campaign spending is at historic highs while accountability and responsibility are at all-time lows. The time for action is now,” said Gatto. “Most Americans are fed up with the notion that money is speech and that moneyed interests can drown out the speech of average citizens.” Citizens United and the related case of McCutcheon vs. FEC have opened the floodgates to unlimited and largely anonymous campaign donations, blinding political watchdogs and inviting corruption at all levels of government. Despite mass outrage from the public, the Supreme Court has refused to revisit the case leaving a Constitutional Amendment as the only viable

alternative for reformers like Gatto seeking transparency and accountability in campaign financing. Historically, all amendments to the U.S. Constitution have started in Congress, and been ratified later by 3/4 of the states. AJR 1 takes advantage of the rarely-used Article V process for amending the federal Constitution, which allows states to demand that Congress act. If 2/3 of the states make such a demand, Congress must call a constitutional convention on the topic. Several states and municipalities have already passed informal resolutions condemning the Citizens United decision, but Gatto was the first to introduce a resolution to utilize the Article V process, a strategy which has since been repeated by several states and which has successfully spurred Congress to take action in the past. According to a 2007 article in the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, at least four different amendments to the U.S. Constitution have been proposed by Congress in part because of Article V actions. For example, the amendments that repealed prohibition and allowed for the direct election of Senators were first demanded by state legislatures under Article V. “I doubt our Founding Fathers had the free-speech rights of multi-national and foreign corporations in mind when they drafted the First Amendment,” said Gatto. “But the Founding Fathers did anticipate that every once in a while, the states would need to prod Congress to act to amend the Constitution. That’s what we are doing.”


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